The Frothy Right Finally Finds a Counterintelligence Investigation They Love!!!

Along with a 302 that doesn’t hold up to scrutiny and some documents that appear to be revamped errors from weeks ago, the Trump Administration also released a report revealing that Igor Danchenko — Christopher Steele’s primary subsource for his dossier — had been under counterintelligence investigation in 2009-2010.

My beliefs about the shit-show of the dossier are well-known, and actually precede those of the frothy right. The fact that Danchenko had high level contacts with Russians in 2009 increases the likelihood his sources had the access that he claimed they did. But the possibility he was being cultivated also increases the chance Russia filled the dossier with disinformation, which I think they did. In any case, Danchenko was not under investigation when he was sharing information with Steele, and hadn’t been for years.

If the dossier is disinformation, though, then Republicans continue to be willful participants in it.

The report is remarkable, however, for the details it provides about how, after a tip about a weird comment Danchenko made (possibly at Brookings), the FBI opened a preliminary and then a full investigation into Danchenko.

After initiating the investigation, the FBI converted it from a preliminary to a full investigation based on the following open source and FBI information:

  • The Primary Sub-source was identified as an associate of two FBI counterintelligence subjects. The FBI assessed that the Primary Sub-source formed the associations with these individuals through a university student organization of which he/she was a member. The FBI identified no additional derogatory information pertaining to these associations.
  • A review of FBI databases revealed that the Primary Sub-source had contact in 2006 with the Russian Embassy and known Russian intelligence officers.
  • In September 2006, the Primary Sub-source was in contact with a known Russian intelligence officer. During these conversations, the Russian Intelligence Officer invited the Primary Sub-source to the Russian Embassy to see his office. The Primary Sub-source told the Russian Intelligence Officer that he/she was interested in entering the Russian diplomatic service one day. The two discussed a time when the Primary Sub-source was to visit. Four days later, the Russian Intelligence Officer contacted the Primary Sub-source and informed him/her they could meet that day to work “on the documents and then think about future plans.” Later in October 2006, the Primary Sub-source contacted the Russian Intelligence Officer seeking a reply “so the documents can be placed in tomorrow’s diplomatic mail pouch.”
  • FBI information further identified, in 2005, the Primary Sub-source making contact with a Washington, D.C.–based Russian officer. It was noted that the Russian officer and the Primary Sub-source seemed very familiar with each other.

INTERVIEWS TO SUPPORT THE INVESTIGATION As part of its investigation, the FBI conducted interviews with the Primary Sub-source’s associates. One individual indicated that the Primary Sub-source was not anti-American but wanted to return to Russia one day. Another described the Primary Sub-source as pro-Russia and indicated that he/she always interjected Russian opinions during policy discussions. While both stated that they did not recall the Primary Sub-source asking directly about their access to classified information, one interviewee did note that the Primary Sub-source persistently asked about the interviewee’s knowledge of a particular military vessel.

The FBI identified known Russian intelligence officers Danchenko was hanging out with, including one with whom he shared information. After finding that open source information, the FBI elevated the investigation to a full investigation and started talking to Danchenko’s associates.

That is, this report describes some of the same kinds of contacts that Mike Flynn (with Turkey), George Papadopoulos, Carter Page, Paul Manafort, Rudy Giuliani, and Trump himself had which led to the opening of an investigation into them. And the FBI investigated Danchenko in the way that the FBI investigated Trump’s associates (though we only know that the Rudy investigation has extended to his grifters, not to Rudy himself yet).

And yet, with Danchenko, the frothy right is not only applauding the investigation, but suggesting that that investigation — though it was closed — should taint Danchenko for the foreseeable future.

BREAKING, Catherine Herridge blared in High Gaslight tone.

The primary sub-source for the Steele dossier was deemed a possible “national security threat” + the subject of 2009 FBI counter-intel probe. According to new records, those facts were known to Crossfire Hurricane team in December 2016.

BREAKING: Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor was deemed a possible “national security threat” and the subject of a 2016 counter-intel probe. According to public records, some of those facts were known to Donald Trump before he hired Flynn in November 2016.

According to the standard the frothy right is adopting with Danchenko, neither Trump nor many of his close associates have any business being anywhere near government.

9 replies
  1. earlofhuntingdon says:

    “According to the standard the frothy right is adopting with Danchenko, neither Trump nor many of his close associates have any business being anywhere near government.”


    • soothsayer says:

      From your lips to God’s ears. I find this Hamlet passage an apt literary comparison to these actions of theirs. Where “They did make love to this employment,” reflects the passion towards their treachery.

      So Guildenstern and Rosencrantz go to’t.

      Why, man, they did make love to this employment,
      They are not near my conscience. Their defeat
      Does by their own insinuation grow.
      ‘Tis dangerous when the baser nature comes
      Between the pass and fell incensèd points
      Of mighty opposites.

    • Chris.EL says:

      ”According to the standard the frothy right is adopting with Danchenko, neither Trump nor many of his close associates have any business being anywhere near government.”

      our Earl cited the precise paragraph that stood out to me last night; however, not wanting to be the first commenter on this thread, I stood aside: better minds could proceed.

      Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, seeing DJT through the lens of her life experience labeled him “a faker.”

      ’tis disappointing to note, even as those ever-sharp pencils dull over time, the Justice’s final words — her final wish — are still not heeded:

      … the words dictated to her granddaughter were: … “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

      I’m only a puny Californian, hence I interpret the words to mean after “A NEW” president is “INSTALLED” or inaugurated.

      Trump is, naturally, assuming he will be re-elected. Re-elected is NOT INSTALLED.

      Of course all of this is MOOT because Trump holds the final word on anything and everything.

      What are we? Just the suckers and losers paying the bills for his massive frivoloties.


  2. Chris.EL says:

    What is possible rationale for keeping FBI agents identities secret? [Redacted and identified only as “SSA 1, Analyst 1, Intv. Agent 1” … Huh? i.e. same individuals – called by different names, at different times, or different people?]

    Would a Congressional hearing help, or would that just spread the Trump (get poor Mike Flynn out of jail) propaganda?

    Heard Trump speak enthusiastically of Catherine Herridge of CBS News, think it was a clip of his “Latino Roundtable” at Doral.

    LOTS of cheering, clapping by folks off-camera. Sounded like only a few individuals never shown in the clip I saw, so guessing they were Doral Golf Club EMPLOYEES aka TRUMP EMPLOYEES!!!!

    This is so wrong!! This “man” is campaigning for re-election on taxpayers’ money, going to his properties where he bills the government, gets money from the government for probably feeding the secret service agents and on and on!!!


    • bmaz says:

      That has always been the standard. When you are made a defendant, via your attorney, then you get (usually) to find out the actual names.

  3. Chris.EL says:

    … from time to time, when cheer is needed, I venture over to marcy’s twitter feed for additional wisdom. Learning substantial information!

    Today, it was through wapo the Trump tax doo doo HIT ME!!!!!!

    My internet fingers went over to THE EVER GLORIOUS AND ** NEVER EVER FAILING ** NEW YORK TIMES.

    Oh me, oh my, tonight there is MASSIVE MASSIVE reason to celebrate!

    What’s that song, Celebration ? Kool & the gang:

    …”Celebrate good times, come on! (Let’s celebrate)
    Celebrate good times, come on! (Let’s celebrate)
    There’s a party goin’ on right here
    A celebration to last throughout the years
    So bring your good times, and your laughter too
    We gonna celebrate your party with you
    Come on now
    Let’s all celebrate and have a good time
    We gonna celebrate and have a good time
    It’s time to come together
    It’s up to you, what’s your pleasure
    Everyone around the world
    Come on! ” …


    Does Amazon sell doo-doo fan insurance protection, sorry folks, I’m going off the rails here,

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